The Holland College Hurricanes football team is looking to get into the win column today as it prepares for the first home game of the Atlantic Football League regular season. The ’Canes host the UNBSJ Seawolves at 1 p.m. at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place. Both teams are 0-1 with Holland College losing 28-17 to the UNB Red Bombers and UNBSJ dropping a 31-14 decision to Dalhousie in Week 1.
Colin Cepecauer, a first-year centre from St. Thomas, Ont., looks forward to playing his first home game in a Hurricanes jersey.
“The boys have reset, and we’ve dialed our physical and mental games for the home opener this Saturday,” he said. “We are coming out hard and fast in hopes of securing the win.”
A week ago, the ’Canes trailed by five points before UNB extended their lead to 11 with a fourth-quarter touchdown that Holland College was unable to answer.
“It was a tough loss last week, but our players held their heads high and knew the mistakes we made,” said offensive co-ordinator Owen MacWilliams. “This UNBSJ squad played hard last week and we have made the proper adjustments to be successful against them. If everybody does their jobs on the offensive side of the ball, we can be successful.”
Head coach and defensive co-ordinator Steve Letner saw positive things during a strong week of practice.
“We have made some adjustments over the last week and are focused on playing our best this Saturday,” he said. “It’s going to be a great time playing in from of our home crowd.”
Jack Malo, a second-year defensive back from Barrie, Ont., is eager to get on the field after a week of reflecting on the opener.
“After our loss to UNB last weekend we are much more prepared to take the field this time around,” he said. “We have made the necessary changes to our offence, defence and special teams to put a good show on for our school and hometown crowd.”